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May 19, 2017  RSS feed
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Fallout in Israel from Trump sharing intel with Russia

(JTA) –President Doanld Trump’s decision to share with the Russians classified information from Israeli intelligence has put an undercover Israeli agent inside the Islamic State at risk, and has Israelis reasessing what information it shares in the future, according to news reports.

ABC reported Tuesday, May 16, that the undercover agent, now at risk, had provided Israel with intelligence about a plan by Islamic State, or ISIS, to cause the crash of a passenger jet on the way to the United States, according to the ABC report.

Israel had shared the intelligence with the United States on the condition that it not be identified as the source of the information, unnamed current and former U.S. officials told ABC.

According to the intelligence, the undetectable bomb was to be hidden in a laptop, which has led the U.S. to consider banning all laptops on flights from Europe coming into the country. The U.S. now bans laptops on flights from 10 airports in the Middle East.

The Washington Post first reported that Trump revealed the intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.N. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in an Oval Office meeting. “In the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he’s engaged,” said H.R. McMaster, the president’s top security adviser.

In another report, an unnamed Israeli intelligence source told Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharonot that Israel will have to reassess what information it shares with the U.S. and not hand over the most sensitive of it.

In January, an Israeli newspaper reported U.S.intelligence officials warned their Israeli counterparts not to share sensitive information with the Trump administration because of the threat that it could be leaked to Russia.


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